By The Nelson Daily Sports
Nelson native Geoff Kinrade remains on the training camp roster of the Ottawa Senators but isn’t getting much of a chance to prove his value to the National Hockey League club.
Once again the pride of Nelson was left out of the lineup as the NHL club prepares to meet the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday in the annual Kraft Hockeyville game in Dundas, Ont.
Kinrade has just played one contest during the preseason, a 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. The Nelson Minor Hockey grad logged 13-plus minutes in the contest. He was whistled for a two-minute minor penalty and recorded one shot on goal.
Kinrade, 25, signed for the second time in as many seasons with Ottawaa during the summer. He spent the entire 2009-10 season with the Sens’ minor league affiliate in Binghamton.
It’s in the American Hockey League where the 6-foot, 195-pound defenceman recorded a professional highs in goals (seven), assists (20) and points (27 while accumulating 59-minutes in penalties. Kinrade ranked first among B-Sens and finished tied for 14th in the AHL in plus/minus with a +27 rating.
Kinrade came to the Senators as a free agent after four years at Michigan Tech University. Prior to playing for the NCAA school, the slick skating rearguard played Cowichan Valley Capitals of the B.C. Hockey League.
Kinrade started his junior career with the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL.
Dundas, population 24,700 and part of the city of Hamilton since 2001, plays host to the NHL exhibition contest. The city also wins $100,000 in prize money from Kraft Canada.